WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBCPAC) applauds Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) for her unprecedented appointment naming Congressional Black Caucus member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as Chair of the DNC Platform Drafting Committee. Congressman Cummings is the first African American to serve as platform committee chairman. He will be joined by CBC members U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) on the 15-person committee responsible for developing and managing the process through which the Democratic Party’s National Platform is established.

“I congratulate my colleagues on their appointment to the Platform Drafting Committee,” said Congressional Black Caucus PAC Chairman Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY).  “Under Congressman Cummings’ guidance, I believe the committee will have the capacity to push the Democratic Party forward in a way that will best represent the interests of all Americans.  This is a win for the Party and undoubtedly a win for the people.”

“There are few individuals that match Congressman Elijah Cummings’ experience, knowledge, and vision,” said CBCPAC Board Member Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).  “I cannot think of anyone better fit to lead the drafting committee.  My friends and colleagues, Reps. Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee, each know what it takes to represent Americans and have the wherewithal to ensure that the party’s platform will be inclusive and attainable.  I applaud the appointments DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made to the drafting committee and I look forward to seeing what the committee will produce.”

Founded in 1994, The Congressional Black Caucus PAC works to increase the number of African Americans in the U.S. Congress, support non-Black candidates that champion our interests, and promote African American participation in the political process-with an emphasis on young voters. There are currently 46 African Americans in Congress comprising the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history.